Get the words down

Write as if in a trance. Always say ‘yes’ and write without censoring. Don’t block anything. Hold the door open for your self to surprise you.

Only the next sentence matters, not the last. You can always go back and edit, but in this moment, all you need to do is to move forward.

Mix handwriting with typewriting. Go backwards and forwards. Write the first draft on the computer, then write it out by hand. I find that in the gap between the two sometimes magic happens and new ideas are born.

Daydreaming Writing

Dreaming of writing

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream. Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night.

Just write. Don’t wait. For if you wait, you may never start. take what is nearest at hand, accept it and then work hard to transform it.

(with thanks to Jorge Luis and Edgar Allen Poe)

What to write about Writing

Risk all

It is your business to write what other people think but don’t say. Go for the throat.

Start with anything that bothers you – be honest, be angry.

Remember how people react to a car accident. Highways choke up as drivers slow down to gawk. It comes as no surprise that news programmes concentrate on bad news first.  That’s what interests readers.

Good stories question the status quo.  In Romeo and Juliet, two teenagers question the status quo of their two families at war.


What is story?

Story is built from your characters’ goals and ambitions changed by circumstance and connected by one unifying theme.